Coronavirus live updates: World Athletic Championships rescheduled; National Lacrosse League cancels season

The coronavirus is causing sports cancellations and postponements all across the world

The rapid spread of the coronavirus is causing cancellations and postponements of sporting events and affecting sports around the globe. One of the biggest developments is that Japan and the International Olympic Committee have decided to postpone the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo until next year.

As of Tuesday evening, there have been at least 1.4M confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide, according to CBS News, and more than 81,000 people have died worldwide due to the virus. In addition, multiple states are under a state of emergency politicians from the local to federal level along with public health officials are recommending large gatherings of people -- including sporting events -- in coronavirus hotspots be canceled or closed to the public.

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  • Major League Baseball will not start the 2020 season until at least mid-May, commissioner Rob Manfred announced Monday, March 16. The league initially suspended operations, including spring training, on Thursday, March 12. The league is not shutting down spring training sites entirely, but many players have left camps in Arizona and Florida. Opening Day was originally scheduled for March 26.



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  • The 146th running of the Kentucky Derby is postponed until September. 



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The National Lacrosse League has announced that the league is canceling the remainder of its regular season games. The league is still considering scenarios for the postseason.

The World Athletic Championships have been rescheduled as a result of the coronavirus. They will now be held in July 2022.

The Canadian Football League has announced that the 2020 season won't start before the beginning of July The CFL was supposed to open the season on June 11.

"While it is now clear that the 2020 CFL season won't start before the beginning of July, we are committed to working with our teams, the Players' Association, TSN and RDS to play a full season or as close as we can come to one," CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie said in a statement. "We recognize this may require some creativity and we are preparing for multiple scenarios."

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews has announced that The Open has been canceled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Open was scheduled to begin on July 12 and marks the first time that the tournament has been canceled since World War II.

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay announced on Sunday morning that he has procured 10,000+ masks (N-95) and will be passing them along to Indiana State Dept. of Health for distribution as needed given the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

During his conference call with commissioners of the major North American professional sports leagues, President Trump noted that he believes the NFL season should start on time in September and that he hopes to have fans back in stadiums as early as August.

President Trump will hold a conference call with commissioners of the country's major professional sports leagues on Saturday afternoon. The NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, MLS, PGA Tour, NASCAR, WNBA, UFC and the WWE are all scheduled to be represented on the call. 

The second jewel of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes, has been postponed by officials at Pimlico Race Course and the Maryland Jockey Club. A makeup date has not yet been announced for the race which was originally scheduled to take place on May 16. In late March, Kentucky Derby organizers postponed the Run For the Roses, moving that race to September 5.

The SEC has announced that all in-person athletic activities are suspended through at least the end of May. The conference is allowing virtual film review for a maximum of four hours beginning April 6.

The Premier League announced that the 2019-20 season has been suspended indefinitely. The league doesn't plan to return until it is "safe and appropriate to do so." In addition, players are also slated to face a 30 percent pay cut.

The U.S. Women's Open has been postponed to December, according to the USGA. The event was scheduled to be held June 4-7 at the Champions Golf Club in Houston, but will be played Dec. 10-13 instead due to the coronavirus.

The 2020 British Open is reportedly set to be canceled, but the Royal and Ancient Golf Club is saying it has not yet made a decision on what was originally scheduled to be the last major on the golf calendar in 2020.  The last time the Open was canceled was 1945 due to the outbreak of World War II. The 149th Open Championship was originally scheduled for 16–19 July at Royal St. George's Golf Club in Sandwich, England. The reports come the same week the All-England Lawn and Tennis Club announced it has canceled Wimbledon, also for the first time since World War II.

In other MLS news: the Philadelphia Union announced Wednesday that a player has tested positive for coronavirus. The player remained anonymous in the statement while the club reassured everyone that they have been following CDC-recommended protocol.

Major League Soccer became the latest American sports league to cut employee salaries in an attempt to limit the financial impact the coronavirus pandemic will have on the organization. This includes the salary of MLS commissioner Don Garber, per a report.

On Wednesday, the Ottawa Senators announced that three more members of the team and another person in the organization tested positive for the coronavirus. Two Senators had already tested positive last month.

Wimbledon has officially been canceled in the wake of the coronavirus. It marks the first time since World War II that the Grand Slam tournament was canceled.

The London Series that was scheduled for June 13-14 between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals has been canceled in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The city of Toronto has banned all public events until June 30. This will certainly have a huge impact depending on if professional leagues resume play at any point in the coming months. The Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Toronto Blue Jays would all be impacted.

March 31, 2020, 8:07 PM

The NHL will continue to self-isolate until April 15. Teams haven't been able to participate in practices or any team-related activities since the NHL season was put on pause.

March 31, 2020, 6:29 PM

The Chinese Government has issued a new order restricting the resuming of team sports, which affects the return of the Chinese Basketball Association.

March 31, 2020, 1:59 PM

USA Rugby has decided to file for bankruptcy because its financial situation has been severely impacted by the coronavirus shutdown.

It's becoming increasingly likely that Wimbledon will be canceled later this week. According to German Tennis Federation vice president Dirk Hordorff, a decision is coming on Wednesday.

"The necessary decisions have already been made," German Tennis Federation vice president Dirk Hordorff told Sky Sports Germany on Sunday. "Wimbledon will decide to cancel (this) Wednesday. There is no doubt about it. This is necessary in the current situation.

March 30, 2020, 3:47 PM

Marcus Smart has taken to social media to express his gratitude following being cleared by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health after recovering from COVID-19.

Celtics' guard Marcus Smart has reportedly been cleared after recovering from a COVID-19 infection.

Utah Jazz All-Stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell have both been cleared after recovering from COVID-19 infections. Gobert's diagnosis earlier in March set in motion a series of events that led to the cancellation or postponement of nearly all major sports in the United States, including the NBA regular season, NCAA basketball tournaments, and MLB opening day.

The Indianapolis 500 has been postponed until Aug. 23 due to the coronavirus. This marks the first time since 1946 that the Indianapolis 500 won't take place on Memorial Day weekend.

March 26, 2020, 7:29 PM

The WNBA has announced that the league still plans to hold the WNBA Draft on April 17 as previously scheduled. However, it will be a virtual draft format due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

March 26, 2020, 3:28 PM
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